Varsity Unions in Tug of War Over OAU New VC

As some unions of the Obafemi Awolowo University have disagreed on the appointment of the institution’s new Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ayobami Salami, the university’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of the Universities (ASUU) yesterday described the process producing him as free, fair and transparent.

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‎The ASUU disagreed with Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU.) ‎

At an interactive session at the OAU ASUU’s secretariat, its chairman Dr. Caleb Aborisade, disclosed that there was a signed agreement in 2009 between the Federal Government and the ASUU on the appointment of the universities’ Vice-Chancellors.

‎Speaking particularly on OAU, he further disclosed that he appointment of the Vice-Chancellor was advertised and published in major national dailies, where according to him, the selection process was clearly stated.‎

Aborisade said that the university’s Governing Council and the Senate with the committee set up for the new appointment of the Vice-Chancellor was also stated in accordance with the selection procedure that the contestants must be a professor for at least 10 years.

‎He averred that unions’ role in the appointment of new Vice-Chancellor was clear enough, saying that it was discussed by the congress that the current university autonomy does not factor a direct role for ASUU in the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor.‎

“I don’t know why Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU)‎ are faulting the process and procedure for the appointment of the new VC,” he wondered.

Meanwhile, the non-teaching staff of the university, including SSANU and NASU had kicked against the procedure for the selection and appointment of the new VC.

The protesters on Tuesday shut the gate of the institution following the announcement of the appointment of the new VC, thereby paralysing academic activities on campus.

They alleged that the new VC was sponsored to replace the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Bamitale Omole, to cover his misdeeds in office.

The workers further alleged that Prof. Omole has mismanaged the university’s funds.

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